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Krauthammer: ‘You Want’ a ‘Strengthened Vetting Process,’ But Trump Did This in ‘Amateurish, Botched’ Way

On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor,” columnist Charles Krauthammer stated that while “you want to have a strengthened vetting process,” President Trump rolled out his travel restrictions in “the most amateurish, botched” process that was done in “a terrible way.”

Krauthammer said that there was no problem with extreme vetting, but “what you have to have is a policy that you vet before you loose it on the world in the most amateurish, botched way. I mean, it is utterly ridiculous ridiculous, first of all, to give no guidance, as to what you do with somebody holding a green card. Then, you change the guidelines. You should have stated from the beginning, if you have a green card…you’re not going to be stopped. They were stopped. That should never have happened.”

He added, “It’s not only that they rushed it, they did it in a terrible way. In theory, of course, you want to have a strengthened vetting process, a new administration should have a chance to review procedures. But you don’t announce that you’re going to all of a sudden have a new process, and stop everybody who’s already flying already in the air, with a valid visa, and stop them when they land.”

Krauthammer further questioned why it wasn’t announced from the beginning that people who helped the US in Afghanistan and Iraq would be allowed in, and “[W]hat’s the rush? Are we getting a huge influx of Somali terrorists? Tell me, where is the issue? In the 16 years since 9/11, we haven’t had a single attack where an American has been killed on American soil by anybody coming from these lands, these seven countries. so, what’s the rush?”

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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